The Garner News earned two third-place awards while the Apex Herald was recognized with two first-place and one third-place award.
The awards were presented March 1 at the University of North Carolina campus in Chapel Hill.
Garner News editor Kelly Griffith and former Cleveland Post editor Nancy Chang won third place in the special section category for their coverage of “American Idol” winner Scotty McCreery. The section featured an in-depth look at McCreery’s rise to fame.
Griffith also won a third-place award for arts and entertainment reporting with a story that featured father and son Rusty Martin and Rusty Martin, Jr. who were involved in the “Courageous” film.
Apex Herald Editor Shawn Daley won first place in the profile feature category with a story on World War II veteran Claude Kidd. It was the third time the Herald’s “World at War” series was recognized with a first place award.
Daley also won first place in sports news reporting for his coverage of the Apex High School girls’ lacrosse state championship victory. He garnered third place in sports feature writing for a story on a memorial ceremony held in honor of longtime soccer coach Gene Daniels.